My guest for this episode is Linda Lysakowski. Linda is one of slightly more than just one the hundred professionals worldwide to hold the Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. In her thirty-plus years in the development field, she has managed capital campaigns; helped dozens of nonprofit organizations achieve their development goals, and has trained more than 40,000 professionals in Mexico, Canada, Egypt, Bermuda, and most of the fifty United States. 

Linda is a graduate of Alvernia College in Reading, PA with majors in Banking and Finance; Communications; and Theology/Philosophy. She is a graduate of AFP’s Faculty Training Academy and has received two AFP research grants. 

She has received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive award from the Eastern PA, Las Vegas, and Sierra (NV) chapters of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) was recognized internationally with the Barbara Marion Award for Outstanding Service to AFP. She was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP.

Linda is a speaker and the published author of more than two dozen books. In addition to her full-length books, Linda has written three AFP Ready Reference Books and has been published in numerous other Publications including International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Contributions, Advancing Philanthropy, Associations Now, CASE Currents, Major Gifts Report, Grant Station, New Directions in Philanthropy, and more.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • The essential factors for people being a successful fundraiser.
  • How getting involved develops the connections you need.
  • Keeping in touch with the donors, volunteers, and clients in different ways during the “new normal” period.
  • The value of taking time to evaluate your board members and doing strategic planning.
  • Acknowledging that the people we’re working with may have undergone some changes.
  • Taking advantage of this time to invest in your development.
  • Some of the barriers for nonprofits who are trying to raise money.

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